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Stephen Colbert to Produce an Animated Trump Series


Stephen Colbert, pictured during a taping of CBS’s “The Late Show.” He will be overseeing an animated series in the fall that will take on President Trump.

Chad Batka for The New York Times

Stephen Colbert, not content with mocking President Trump only after dark, will now expand his political comedy to an animated realm.

Showtime announced on Thursday that it had ordered 10 episodes of an untitled half-hour animated series focused on President Trump, his family and his top West Wing associates. Mr. Colbert will be an executive producer, as will the showrunner of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Chris Licht.

“I know a lot of people wanted to do this, and I’m honored that the Cartoon President invited our documentary crew into his private world,” Mr. Colbert said in a statement. “I’ve seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA,” referring to Mr. Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Mr. Colbert’s late-night show has often featured an animated version of Mr. Trump; one of its creators, Tim Luecke, will be the lead animator on the Showtime series.

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” experienced a ratings renaissance after the 2016 election as Mr. Colbert became one of the most popular television satirists of Mr. Trump and his administration. At times, Mr. Colbert’s criticism of the president has landed him in hot water, such as when he joked about a sexual relationship between Mr. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. The joke prompted an outcry from conservatives and even Mr. Trump, who said, “There’s nothing funny about what he says.”

The Showtime series will premiere in the fall.

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